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Poster: polarized blue Date: Jun 30, 2011 3:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH 6/30/74

Springfield, MA. 6/30/74

This is a great companion to Dick's Picks Vol. 12, which is Providence, RI 6/26/74 and Boston Garden 6/28/74... one of my very favorite of Dick's Picks. I love the interesting setlist, especially the set 1 closing jam of Playing>Uncle John's Band>Playing and also the heart of set 2, starting off with a mid-set U.S. Blues to kick off the jams into Trucking and a really long 23-plus-minutes Eyes of the World. But a little more about set 1. I think the Cumberland Blues just shreds. Jerry is giving it all that banjo-picking style on the electric guitar. They have a real fast tempo here and unfortunately seems to speed along to the end. I kind of wish it went on a little longer, just for selfish reasons. They make it so enjoyable and lively that I just smile my way through, rocking and swaying, nearly getting up for a jig. Then bang, it's over, and followed by a mellower version of Dire Wolf. Next is that Playing In The Band you have to hear. It goes on for a good long time and everybody gets a turn shining as the star of the band they all love playin' in so much. During the exploration and jamming, Kieth has a great couple of minutes leading the way and his talent on the piano is a highlight for this jam. I'm not really sure, but it kind of sounds like the Fender Rhodes being played here, but I might not really know what I'm talking about. I own a Fender Rhodes electric piano and I'm sure I learned once that Kieth had one too, and I've recognized the sound/tone in his playing through the years. In some ways it sounds like he is playing the tune in nearly a Jerry-styled run of scales. Probably is, after all, some of that feeling must rub off when you have had a tour like this together. This show was a bit of stop-off point for the tour of the East Coast - and the Mid West, how can we forget Des Moines and Louisville? Lots of great shows and they were delivering the goods one more time in Springfield. This Playing In The Band here goes all the way, giving you everything you could want. Jerry is going on with his wah-wah for a while. Right as the jam is in it's height, things get a bit subdued, and I'm sure I heard Jerry do a lick from Uncle John's Band, probably sending the message to the rest of the guys this is the time for transition.. Then it gets all spacey and Phil starts walking slowly up the fretboard to lower and deeper and louder sounds, a bit of bass feedback which can really make your whole body quiver. I think maybe he is changing the key for everybody to follow along with he and Jerry. Suddenly, and from the earlier projection a minute or two ago, Uncle John's Band comes along. Beautiful version well done and then they're back into the Playing reprise. It is really this medley that worked so well in 73-74, although rarely played back then, that I'm sure they were trying (sometimes very successfully) to emulate in the 80's and 90's when they brought it back and started playing the combo a lot more often. Maybe it would have been nice if they ever went the whole hog and threw Morning Dew back in again. But they didn't and that certainly makes those versions even more special, wasn't it only played 5 times like that? Eyes of The World is a real highlight for Set 2, and they get all spacey again. I love hearing this one, and I get my special treat of enjoying it going on and on for a very long time. Everything gets beautiful again with (wait, again?? haha!) Stella Blue. Then of course, gotta end on a rocker. So what better choice than Not Fade Away > GDTRFB > One More Saturday Night. It's an awesome show from the Wall of Sound summer of '74. I've always enjoyed this show, so let's all give it some love.

Grateful Dead - June 30, 1974
Civic Center - Springfield, MA

Recording Info:
SBD -> Master Reel -> CD

Transfer Info:
CD -> Samplitude Professional v10.2 -> FLAC
(4 Discs Audio / 2 Discs FLAC)

All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
December 6, 2008

Patch Info:
AKG D-1000E -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD (shnid=15537) supplies:
Cumberland Blues (5:10 - 5:32)
Eyes Of The World (10:30 - 10:55)

-- All disc changes are seamless
-- The show flows better if you put Seastones on disc 4
-- All other circulating sources have a cassette gen in them
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help pitch correcting the patch source

Set 1:
d1t01 - Don't Ease Me In
d1t02 - Black Throated Wind
d1t03 - Peggy-O
d1t04 - Jack Straw
d1t05 - Loser
d1t06 - Greatest Story Ever Told
d1t07 - Cumberland Blues
d1t08 - Dire Wolf
d2t01 - Playing In The Band ->
d2t02 - Uncle John's Band ->
d2t03 - Playing In The Band

Set 1.5:
d2t04 - Seastones

Set 2:
d2t05 - China Cat Sunflower ->
d2t06 - I Know You Rider
d2t07 - Big River
d3t01 - Scarlet Begonias
d3t02 - El Paso
d3t03 - U.S. Blues ->
d3t04 - Truckin' ->
d3t05 - Eyes Of The World ->
d3t06 - Stella Blue
d4t01 - Not Fade Away ->
d4t02 - Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
d4t03 - One More Saturday Night

This post was modified by polarized blue on 2011-06-30 10:37:37

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Jun 30, 2011 12:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 6/30/74

Summer/Fall '74 was the best time for Jerry's voice, in my opinion. Listen to his performance on Dire Wolf - he's more in control of his voice than any other time period.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jun 30, 2011 5:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 6/30/74

June of '74. What an incredible time for the boys. Awesome. Thanks for the reminder.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jun 30, 2011 7:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 6/30/74 -- Moore/Berger AUD

The Jerry Moore AUD of this show is AWESOME

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Jun 30, 2011 7:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 6/30/74

Don't mean to rain on the parade here, (because when it comes to summer '74 I'll listen to just about anything) but I actually find this show to be somewhat overrated. Don't get me wrong, there are some very fine moments, particularly most of the ones you mentioned. But overall I find this show just a bit too sleepy and not as inspired as other performances from June such as 6/16, 6/18, 6/23, or in particular the Dick's picks of the 26th and 28th.

The Eyes I found especially disappointing, it never really takes off, just sort of noodling away into nothing, and the post-song jamming is rather shaky as well. This being my favorite jam workout for '74 can put a damper on a show for me. My overall rating for this show is 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Again, this is just the way I hear things...and we all know what opinions are like, so don't let it spoil this show for anyone ;)

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Jun 30, 2011 11:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 6/30/74

Don't worry, coming from you, a different take on the enjoyment of this show is welcome. I love reading your reviews, by the way. Besides it's a lot better than the crap my wife comes out with when she decides to slam what I'm listening to on any given day.

Back to this Springfield show. I think I picked this time and show to write about because I was just in the mood for a little rave up of one that I enjoy. I hardly think it is the best show of the tour by any stretch, but it is fine vintage 1974. And I really do love that Playing>UJB>Playing. There sure are lots of great Eyes and your criticism is taken. For me, on my listen to it yesterday, I liked it when they just got all apaced and it drifted into the asteroid belt to get knocked apart piece by piece by space dust and rock. But I know what you mean, could have been a better Eyes all around.